Monday, November 8, 2010
My husband bought me a Sony e-reader last Christmas. What a surprise that was! I had told him I wanted one, but never dreamed I'd ever have one. I've been very happy with it. I buy books off the e-reader store, I download old, free books off the internet, and I found out recently I can download books from my local library.
The library loans them to you for 21 days. There is only one book of each title in the library, so a lot of the books have waiting lists. They email you when it is your turn to get it. The other day I received "A Town Like Alice," by Nevil Shute. It is now one of my favorite books of all time. Nevil Shute wrote, "On the Beach," which I have never read but I loved the movie. That is why I chose this book.
I read quite a few books written in the 1800s because they are free. I especially loved the ones written by settlers.
People moving from cities like London and homesteading in the wilds of Canada went through a lot of interesting times. One of my favorite books was by a young man who went out west to California in a wagon train. When some of the stragglers were robbed and murdered, the local people just set up a trial and hung the man they thought was guilty. Turns out he was.
Mark Twain's books of how he went silver mining in Nevada and worked on a steamboat were fascinating. One of his stagecoach drivers was murdered at one of the stops! Crazy stuff was always happening to him. Once he and a fellow prospector went camping at Lake Tahoe; they didn't tend their fire and they caused a huge forest fire. They never told anyone it was their fault.
I buy books too, maybe two a month. The eReader store has great prices. The last book I bought cost only $10. An important side benefit is that no trees were cut down to make an electronic book.
Now, let's just hope Sony hears about this post and pays me tons of money for my positive review.